Bad air gets worse
Nepalis breathe some of the dirtiest air in the world. Last week, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Kathmandu hit 400 due to smoke, emissions and imported pollution. Even the HEPA filter lungs put up by the Ministry of Health started going dark in five days. When air quality plummets, there are immediate side effects. Even healthy individuals get irritation in the nose and throat, tearing of the eyes, skin rashes and coughs.
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